Where Do House Centipedes Go During Winter?

If your house or surrounding environment has been infested by centipedes, you might have already experienced noticing them missing during the cold winter season.

Where did they go?

The answer into this question is all about their habitat. You have to know that centipedes can only propagate on places that offers warmth, moist and damp areas. This means that they cannot live on dry places or on extremely cold environments. If they insists of going out hunting for their food during winter, they will eventually won't survive long enough.

Speaking about survival, what do they exactly do during winder in order to survive this type of extreme condition of the weather?

Centipedes Do Hibernate During Winter

Centipedes actually do hibernate throughout the winter season for their survival.

What is hibernation?

For a centipede to go under hibernation, it needs to find a perfect suitable place to stay for the whole winter. In addition to this, it also needs to conserve most of its energy and store sufficient food to eat. Although, centipedes won't actually be eating a lot because of the effect of the cold temperature which slow down the rate of their metabolism. Thus, they won't be eating much food as compared to their normal appetite.

The winter season in the United States actually starts in the month of December until the month of March. That's 4 months of hibernation period for the centipedes staying inside their lair unbothered.

But, how come that there are still house centipedes running around inside your house even during the winter season?

House centipedes are one of the few species that can thrive on habitat that offers them warmth and food. This is the reason why house centipedes can still be observed even during winter but only inside homes or shelters. If you are suffering from a house centipede infestation then you may want to consider reading this topic:

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Once the winter is finally over, expect that centipedes will be all over various places to hunt for their food because they are surely hungry and exhausted.

How about the millipedes?

Some individuals has the wrong notion that centipedes and millipedes are the same type of creature. Well, they are not.

In terms of hibernation, millipedes also do hibernate during the winter season. I have been researching on various communities regarding about this subject where there are many pet owners who were able to closely observed how they hibernate. There was even one pet owner who claimed that he left his "African Millipede" pet outside on a branch of a tree. It was there for the whole period of the winter season.

When winter was finally over, the pet owner of the millipede went to check on it. At first, he thought that his pet was dead because it wasn't moving at all. But after further inspecting the creature, it surprisingly moved giving him a sign of life that it was pretty much alive.

Perhaps, the main difference between a centipede from a millipede when it comes to their hibernation is that, millipedes can simply hibernate at any places whereas centipedes needs to look for the perfect and suitable place to settle down.

Winter Season

Overall, centipedes that lives in the wild goes to hibernation during winter. But for the house centipedes, they won't be going nowhere provided that they have a warm environment and food to eat inside the house or shelter.


  1. Thanks for the article. I do agree with you.. Millipedes and centipedes are totally two different creatures. They even look different. Regardless though, it's important that homeowners take caution and implement DIY techniques to get rid of millipedes and centipedes within the home since they are by nature annoying creatures.

    1. Yes they are both different creature. Millipedes are harmless creatures while Centipedes won't hesitate to attack when feel threatened.